Fiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

 Fiction Winner Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell Middle School   Simon   248 pp. 8/14   978-1-4424-9061-1   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9063-5   $10.99 Will (short for Wilhelmina), the only daughter of William Silver, white foreman of the Two Tree Hill Farm in Zimbabwe, leads a “wildcat” life with her Shona best friend Simon, filled with good rich mud, […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Nonfiction Winner The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and 
the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Middle School, High School 
 Schwartz & Wade/Random  287 pp. 7/14 978-0-375-86782-8 $18.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-96782-5 $21.99 g e-book ed. 978-0-375-89864-8 $10.99 Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma (rev. 1/09) with the politics and intrigue […]

Prehistoric life

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Aronson, Marc  The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     National Geographic With Adrienne Mayor. Illustrated by Chris Muller. Mayor is a scholar whose fascination with mythical creatures led her to uncover a scientific basis for the existence of the legendary griffin. Hard […]

Social issues

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Behnke, Alison Marie  Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Middle school, high school     72 pp.     Twenty-First Century This slim volume takes on human trafficking all over the world, covering debt bondage, forced domestic servitude, the sex trade, organ and adoption trafficking, forced military service, and more. Although the text takes a thorough, businesslike […]

Human body

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Birmingham, Maria  Tastes like Music: 17 Quirks of the Brain and Body Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Owlkids Illustrated by Monika Melnychuk. The eccentric neurological conditions outlined here are usually classified as “diseases” or “disorders,” but Birmingham treats them matter-of-factly and even — with the aid of the cartoon illustrations — lightly. The science of phenomena […]

Books mentioned in the May 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Creepy-crawlies Burns, Loree Griffin  Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz Gr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Houghton     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-547-79267-5 Carson, Mary Kay  How Strong Is an Ant?: And Other Questions About Bugs and Insects [Good Question! series] Gr. K–3    32 pp.     Sterling     2014 Trade […]

Creepy-crawlies

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Burns, Loree Griffin  Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It Gr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.   Houghton Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz. Scientists in the Field series. The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), an invasive species, threatens “the entire northeastern hardwood forest.” In Worcester, Massachusetts, scientists and residents hypothesize that destroying all of […]

Rock ‘n’ roll

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Anniss, Matt  The Story of Hip-Hop Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Anniss, Matt  The Story of Pop Music Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Anniss, Matt  The Story of Punk and Indie Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Smart Apple Anniss, Matt  The Story of Rock Music Gr. 4–6      32 pp.     Smart Apple Anniss, Matt  The Story […]

Publisher Anita Eerdmans on Roger Is Reading a Book

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In our May/June 2015 issue, we asked publisher Anita Eerdmans about the bespectacled, bowtied — and strangely familiar-looking — protagonist of Roger Is Reading a Book. Read the review here. Horn Book Editors: We’d like to know: Is that Roger our Roger? Anita Eerdmans: Yes and no. In the original Dutch, the main character is […]

Summer Reading List 2015

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2014–2015 and ideal for the season.